‘Recreational shooting’ sparks 1,000-acre California brush fire

By David Edwards
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 10:03 EDT
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Investigators have determined that a brush fire that has burned almost 1,000 acres near Julian, California since Sunday was started by “recreational shooting.”

Cal Fire Capt. Mike Mohler said that the fire — which is called the General Fire due to its proximity to well-known general store — was 85 percent contained as of Tuesday night, according to 10 News. It was expected to be fully contained sometime on Wednesday.

About 1,200 firefighters and five air tankers worked since Sunday to get the blaze under control. At least one firefighter sustained a minor injury.

Mohler told U-T San Diego that the shooters had been identified, but it was not immediately clear if criminal charges would be forthcoming.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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